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Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings usually pass within a couple of days. However, when a person has depression; it interferes with his or her daily life and routine, such as going to work or school, taking care of children, and relationships with family and friends. Despite how you may feel, depression is not hopeless. Depression treatment can be very effective and usually involves therapy and/or medicine, usually anti-depressants. Research shows that the combination of talk therapy and anti-depressants is the most effective treatment for depression.

Symptoms of Depression

People experience depression in different ways and depression in you may look very different compared to depression in your neighbor. You do not have to have all of the symptoms of depression listed here to be considered depressed. Also, if you are a parent, it is important to know that childhood or teenage depression may look different compared to adult depression. With children and teen depression, irritability may be the primary sign of depression, not a depressed mood.

Some of the more common symptoms include:
• feeling sad or miserable
• not enjoying the things that you used to enjoy
• feeling anxious, irritable, or restless
• having difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating, or making decisions
• feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
• feeling irritable or angry more than usual
• having sleep difficulty---unable to sleep well anymore, i.e., waking up too early, inability to fall asleep at night, sleeping much more than normal, or having disturbing dreams.

For more information on depression, visit the National Institute of Mental Health website:

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